Faster Skin Cancer Test Results Now Possible with New Dermatopathology Laboratory

July 2023

Patients Can Begin Treatment Sooner

We’re excited to announce the launch of our in-house dermatopathology laboratory in Portsmouth, NH, which will provide a more standardized process for interpreting patient tests.

Staffed with a team of expert, board-certified dermatopathologists and histotechnologists, our new dermatopathology laboratory will deliver test results to patients within 24-48 hours, meaning necessary treatment can begin sooner.

Elevated Patient Care, Close to Home

Our dermatopathology laboratory conducts all test reading and interpretation in-house. Patients will not need to visit the lab and can continue to visit their dermatologist at their local practice.

Board-certified dermatopathologists Karen Nguyen Wu, MD, FCAP, and Ian Rosenthal, MD, PhD, will lead the dermatopathology laboratory, working with a team of histotechnologists responsible for preparing and interpreting test slides for all Optima Dermatology locations and Optima’s partner practices that include the Dermatology Center of Indiana, Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, and the Indiana Skin Cancer Center.

Dr. Wu has been providing dermatopathology services in New Hampshire since 2013. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Drexel University College of Medicine and went on to complete her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Thomas Jefferson University. She also completed an oncologic surgical pathology fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center, as well as a dermatopathology fellowship at Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology. She holds board certifications in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and dermatopathology, and is a professional member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatopathology, the International Society of Dermatopathology, and the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Wu was named Castle Connolly Top Pathologist in New Hampshire magazine in 2022 and 2023, and she has authored over 10 dermatopathology publications.

Dr. Rosenthal has been practicing dermatopathology since 2015. He earned his medical degree at The Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed his residency in anatomic pathology. Dr. Rosenthal also completed a fellowship in dermatopathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Rosenthal received his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the American Society of Dermatology. He holds board certifications in anatomic pathology, as well as dermatopathology.

Dr. Wu, Dr. Rosenthal, and their team will be working directly with Optima’s dermatologists and referring physicians to accurately diagnose skin cancer. This state-of-the-art dermatopathology laboratory enables test results within 24-48 hours, so patients can proceed with their treatment plans sooner. A potential skin cancer diagnosis can be stressful, and we are proud to be able to deliver results faster and start treatment plans sooner. The in-house dermatopathology laboratory further enhances the patient’s experience and demonstrates our commitment to treating each and every patient as we would want our friends and family to be treated.

The dermatopathology laboratory officially opened in Portsmouth, NH on May 1, 2023. If you’d like to learn more about the lab or inquire about making an appointment at one of our offices, please visit optimadermatology.com.